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Starless Dreams Mehrdad Oskouei

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The young inmates of an Iranian re-education centre for teens are by turns apprehensive, enthusiastic and melancholy. Mehrdad Oskouei films them up close, following their many moods, through the seasons and in their two living spaces: the dormitory and the courtyard. Thanks to a trusting relationship built over several patient months, the filmmaker is able to question them bluntly. The answers are clear and spontaneous, but these young women’s complicated stories – many of them are married, some are mothers – hint at futures full of obstacles, in a society where a woman’s position can be ambiguous. The film’s sympathetic, elegant approach reveals the director’s deep mastery of the documentary form.

Presented in collaboration with the Cinéma sous les étoiles de Funambules médias

Starless Dreams

  • Country : Iran
  • Year : 2016
  • V.O : Farsi
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 76 MIN
  • Cinematography : Mohammad Hadadi
  • Editing : Amir Adibparvar
  • Production : Mehrdad Oskouei
  • Sound Design : Hossein Mahdavi

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